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Veronica has had enough of their behavior and longs to return to her old life and her "nerdy" friends. Assuming she is dead, he rambles about his plan to blow up the school during a pep rally. in the boiler room, where he is rigging explosives. (The cafeteria scene near the start of Heathers was written as an homage to the barracks scene which opens Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.) After a number of failed attempts to get the script to Kubrick, Waters approached director Michael Lehmann, who agreed to helm the film with producer Denise Di Novi. Executives at New World Pictures agreed to finance the film, but they disliked the dark ending and insisted that it be changed. D., but the filmmakers rejected him because they thought he came across as "too nice" and thus would not be credible.When a new student, a rebellious outsider named Jason "J. A petition that he has been circulating to get the band Big Fun to perform on campus, which most of the students have signed, is actually a mass suicide note. Winona Ryder, who was sixteen at the time of filming and badly wanted the part, begged Waters to cast her as Veronica. I went to Macy's at the Beverly Center and had them do a makeover on me." so Lisanne Falk was given the role instead.On the film's DVD commentary, Di Novi mentions that the filmmakers wanted to use the original Doris Day version of the song, but Day would not lend her name to any project using profanity.The song "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)" by the fictional band Big Fun was written and produced for the film by musician Don Dixon, and performed by the ad hoc group "Big Fun", which consisted of Dixon, Mitch Easter, Angie Carlson and Marti Jones.film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann. The film portrays four teenage girls—three of whom are named Heather—in a clique at an Ohio high school.Heathers brought director Michael Lehmann and producer Denise Di Novi the 1990 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.The film was first released on DVD on March 30, 1999, in a bare-bones edition.In 2001, a multi-region special edition DVD was released from Anchor Bay Entertainment in Dolby Digital 5.1.
Falk stated that Doherty "didn't have much of a sense of humour, and she took herself a little seriously", while Di Novi commented that: "I don't think Shannen really got what Heathers was. She made that character real." The film uses two versions of the song "Que Sera, Sera", the first by singer Syd Straw and another over the end credits by Sly and the Family Stone.
The producers wanted her to dye her hair blonde to match the other "Heathers", which Doherty refused, so they compromised on her having red hair.